Random Writing Quote:

“If you write books, you go on one page at a time. We turn from all we know and all we fear. We study catalogues, watch football games, choose Sprint over AT&T. We count the birds in the sky and will not turn from the window when we hear the footsteps behind as something comes up the hall; we say yes, I agree that clouds often look like other things - fish and unicorns and men on horseback - but they are really only clouds. Even when the lightning flashes inside them we say they are only clouds and turn our attention to the next meal, the next pain, the next breath, the next page. This is how we go on.”

--Stephen King

Ara Grigorian

Speaker: Ara Grigorian

Date: November 19, 2016

"Story Beats"

Anyone can become a better storyteller. The best way to learn is from story masters. Dissecting and analyzing your favorite work (books, movies, etc) like a surgeon until you identify the inherent patterns that makes all stories flow. Story Beats are at the heart of every story. Story beats are the events, the decisions, or discoveries that alter the way our protagonist pursues her goal. Understanding the core beats that all great stories share, and learning to use them, makes us better story tellers, and our writing more impactful, poignant and memorable.

Fascinated by the human species, Ara writes about choices, relationships, and second chances. Always a sucker for a hopeful ending, he writes contemporary romance stories. He is an alumnus of both the Santa Barbara Writers Conference and Southern California Writers’ Conference (where he also serves as a workshop leader). Ara is an active member of the Romance Writers of America and its Los Angeles chapter.

Upcoming speaker for December 17, 2016:

Beth Yarnall

Speaker: Beth Yarnall

"Romantic Suspense"

Best selling author, Beth Yarnall, writes mysteries, romantic suspense, and the occasional hilarious tweet. A storyteller since her playground days, Beth remembers her friends asking her to make up stories of how the person `died' in the slumber party game Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board, so it's little wonder she prefers writing stories in which people meet unfortunate ends. In middle school she discovered romance novels, which inspired her to write a spoof of soap operas for the school's newspaper. She hasn't stopped writing since.

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